The former Liverpool forward who was fans favourite at Anfield during Rafael Benitez reign announced his retirement from professional football today at the age of 36.

Kuyt joined Liverpool in the summer of 2006 and made his full debut against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League.

Towards the end of his time at Anfield where he was dubbed ‘Mr Duracell’ for his work rate by manager Benitez, he captured the League Cup before moving on to Fenerbahce in summer 2012.

The announcement came just days after winning the Eredivisie title with boyhood club Feyenoord courtesy of his hat-trick that helped them pip Ajax to the Dutch topflight domestic honour in 18 years.

Kuyt also represented Holland and played in the Champions League for the Reds during his time as a player.

Kuyt also played in the 2010 World Cup final with Holland, taking part in a losing effort against Spain.

Meanwhile, Kuyt has identified a role on Feyenoord’s technical management team as his post-retirement future. He will learn the role under the club’s technical director Martin van Geel.


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